Item description for The God File by Frank Turner Hollon...
Gabriel Black finds himself sentenced to prison for life without the possibility of parole for a murder he did not commit. In a twisted sense of honor, he takes responsibility for the action of a woman he loves and pays for it with his freedom.
One day in the prison library Gabriel reads about a man with a wonderful family and a successful career who finds that he has been cured of cancer---thus proving, the author says, the existence of God. Gabriel is unmoved. A truer test of God's existence would be to find proof of Him in a disgusting corner of the world like prison, without hope, surrounded by violence, hatred, and indifference.
Gabriel starts a file where he can store any evidence of the divine he comes across no matter how unseemly. In brutal, honest language, he uncovers himself and the world while surviving in a hopeless hole, swimming in angry memories and regret.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
ISBN 1931561044 ISBN13 9781931561044
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More About Frank Turner Hollon
Frank Turner Hollon lives in Alabama with his wife and children. He is the author of The God File, A Thin Difference, The Point of Fracture, The Wait, Austin and Emily, and Life Is A Strange Place which was developed into the movie Barry Munday. The film Blood and Circumstance, based on Frank's novel by the same title, is currently in production.
Frank Turner Hollon currently resides in Robertsdale Fairhope, in the state of Alabama. Frank Turner Hollon was born in 1963.
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The God File Jan 3, 2007
I found this to be a very difficult book to read; perhaps because my views are different from those portrayed in the book. I did finish it and passed it on to a friend who said she could not finish the book and decided not to pass it further. Some people may identify with the author, but I was not one of them and neither was my friend.
trully amazing Mar 29, 2004
Deeply moving, thought-provoking, and very moving. This novel has taught me different ways to view myself, as well as my life and my God. Wow...
Amazing Book.. Oct 8, 2003
Gabriel Black was sentenced to life in prison. He has all the time in the world to sit and think about things that the common person just overlooks or takes advantage of. He decided to search for God in prison. Each chapter is titled with what he believes is proof that God excists.
The one thing I loved about this book was how deep thoughts he was. I had to keep underlining stuff in the book that I really liked a lot. Really made you think a lot.
This is one of those books that I wish I wrote.
"Waiting for Godot" Oct 1, 2003
Gabriel Black is the instrument of his own punishment, a young man who has taken the murder of his girlfriend's husband on his own shoulders, accepting the blame for a crime he has not committed. When his girlfriend, the only other witness, makes no effort in his defense, Gabriel is left alone behind prison bars. In this vast wasteland of personal pain and the struggle to account for a misspent life, he begins a lifelong search for deliverance.
Sentenced to life without parole, Black sets himself the task of finding God in the lowest of places, where the dregs of humanity endure endless days of mind-numbing boredom with only their twisted memories for company. Some spend the years reading, learning about a world they barely remember and may never see again, while others escape into monotonous drug-induced sleep or give free reign to the demons that have brought them to this place.
Walking a landscape of despair, Hollon treads familiar territory as his protagonist gathers the contents of the box that will define his life, piece by piece, assimilating The God File. There are soulful letters, mournful essays, remembrances of things past, questions about this terrible struggle, all arranged in a particular order of importance. All attempt to explain the inexplicable, to find a place where belief can coexist with despair.
Gabriel's quest is intensely spiritual; the years he spends gathering this ambiguous evidence are part of his evolution toward the answer he so desperately craves. It would be impossible for Gabriel to find God when he first comes into prison. He hasn't achieved the maturity to save himself, let alone determine the existence of God. Each particle of thought scribbled on a scrap of paper in The God File is necessary to the whole. Gabriel has been baptized Catholic and his journey is littered with the small rituals, pieties and beliefs that are wedged so deep in the soul they almost cease to exist, until they are needed. Then, in the never-quiet, never-quite-dark, they emerge, tiny hopeful prayers, begging for a response. From God.
For Gabriel to find an answer to his question and know peace, he must be willing to endure each step of the agonizing journey. After all the wasted years, all the unspoken entreaties, Gabriel must experience patience. He has nowhere else to go. It is his journey alone and his personal path is intimately marked by the struggles of his individual soul. Yet Gabriel finds the courage to make each fragile leap of faith, to surrender his haunting question: "If God gives me more than I can endure, how can I know?" Gabriel listens to the faint sound in the chambers of his tortured mind, hoping to understand. Perhaps, after all, he will find peace of mind. Luan Gaines/2003.
THE GOD FILE Aug 22, 2002
In THE PAINS OF APRIL, Frank Hollon insinuated himself into the mind of a man many years his senior and expressed thoughts, ideas, feelings and recollections that would seem to me to be collectively accumulated during a lifetime and, therefore, unavailable to a man as young as Hollon when he write his first novel. In his most recent novel, THE GOD FILE, he has once again placed himself in the mind of a person whose experiences would appear to be profoundly foreign to his own and, once again, he provides a keenly focused, sensitive journey through the mind of Gabriel Black, a prisoner, who has self-imposed a search to chronicle events that reflect the existence of God. Hollon provides many varied thought-provoking instances in which the reader is challenged to consider his/her own views of the existence of God (and other philosophical questions) -- and, indeed they are powerful, substantive situations. I found myself at times absorbed in his descriptions of the inner-workings of the minds of the players; the who, what, when and where of the events, only to be intensely reminded by Gabriel Black at the end of each scenario of the WHY he started his file. This is a wonderful book.